Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

John Glassford

Male - 1787

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  • Name John Glassford 
    Gender Male 
    Died 16 Apr 1787  Glasgow, England - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I56812  Tree1
    Last Modified 11 Oct 2021 

    Family ID F31687  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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      The Virginia Genealogist Volume 31, 1987 [John Frederick Dorman] Page 122
      By Ann H. Mack
      Salinas, California

      John Glassford's firm established a system of stores along the rivers of Maryland and Virginia. These stores
      provided a convenient collection point for the purchase of tobacco crops and a place for the colonists to purchase
      their necessities, using either credit or cash.
      They were located in Alexandria, Aquia, Boyd's Hole, Cabin Point, Colchester, Dumfries, Norfolk and Quantico
      in Virginia and Baltimore, Benedict, Bladensburg, Chaptico, Georgetown (Rock Creek) , Leonardtown, Llewellin' s
      Warehouse, Lower Marlborough, Newport, Nottingham, Piscataway, Portbbacco and Upper Marlborough in Maryland.
      A more complet e discussion of Glassford's activities can be found in Edith Moore Sprouse, Colchester: Colonial
      Port on the Potomac, available from the Fairfax County History Commission, Fairfax, Va .

      Charles County Maryland Will Book AH-9, 1785-1788; Page 361.
      John Glassford, esq's Will.
      At Edinburgh, Scotland], Sep 5, 1783 in the presence of the lords of Council and Session compeared [appeared?] Mr. Charles Hay advocate as Pror'?) for John Glassford, after designed, and gave in the disposition underwritten desiring the same might he registered in their Lordships books, conform to law, which desire the sd Lords found reasonable and ordered the same to be done accordingly, whereof the tenor follows -
      I, John Glassford of Dougallstown, Merchant in Glasgow, considering the state of my family, consisting of the children of three marriages, namely, Jean Glassford, my daughter and only surviving child of the marriage between me and the decd Ann Coats, my 1st wife, Henry, Ann, Catharine, & Christian Glassford, my 4 surviving children of the marriage betwixt me and the decd Ann Nisbet, my 2nd wife, and James, Isabella, & Euphemia Glassford, my 3 children of the marriage betwixt me and the decd Lady Margaret Mackenzie, my 3rd wife, and considering that I have already paid to sd Jean Glassford and James Gordon, Merchant in Glasgow, her husband, her full provision and received discharge for the same, and that I have settled and am to settle with the sd Ann Glassford and Henry Ridell, merchant in Glasgow, her husband, for her provision, and to be discharged for the same, and that I did, on Aug 6, 1783, execute a deed of Taillie, settling my lands and estate of Dougallstown and others therein mentioned, on the sd Henry Glassford, my son, and other heirs of Taillie and provision substituted to him, therefore, and for my love for my other children after mentioned, and other good causes, I have disposed, after my death, to sd Henry Glassford, my son, James Gordon, and Henry Riddell, Merchants in Glasgow, John Campbell of clathick, William Coats and Archibald Henderson, merchants there, and Thomas Grahame and Archibald Grahame, writers there, as trustees and fiduciaries, upon trust for the uses herein after written, declaring the major number of them accepting and in life from time to time, to be a quorum, all and sundry lands, tithes, tenements, hereditaments, heritable bonds, adjudications, tacks(?), rights, and possessions, and all other heritable or real estates belonging to me at the time of my death, together with all the dispositions, charters, procuratories, and instruments of resignation, precepts, and instruments of seisine and all other writings and title deeds of and concerning the premises, made and granted in favor of me or my authors, and all the clauses of wavrandice and other clauses and obligations, tenor and contents of, contained in the same, and all heritable right, title of right, claim, interest, property, and possession, petitory or possissory, which I have or can claim thereto, and the rents, mains, and duties of the premises in all time after my death, and I oblige me and my heirs and successors to make up titles to the premises and to make, execute, and deliver to sd trustees, special dispositions and conveyances of all the premises, I give to sd Henry Glasford, James Gordon, Henry Riddell, John Campbell, William coats, Archibald Henderson, & Thomas Graham, & Archibald Grahame, upon trust as afd. warrant this settlement of my heritable and moveable and personal estate, excepted are sd lands and estate of Dougalistown and others specially descxibed in sd deed of Taillie and all other lands and all other estate already disposed of by me, I authorize the trustees to receive and turn into cash the moveable and personal estates and the rents, maills, and duties of my lands and other heritable and real estates, and to dispose of any of my lands or other heritable and real subjects as they shall judge necessary for the payment of the debts I may be owing and the provisions by me (so far as unpaid) to my children. The provisions are as follows, Viz -
      To sd Catharine Glassford - 2000 £sterling.
      To sd Christian Glassford - 2000 £sterling.
      And these, at and against the expiration of 1-2 years at furthest after my death, with one fifth part more of the principal sums in name of liquidate expenses and penalty in case of failure of the principal, and also the lawful interest thereof yearly and tennly(?) after my death, and in lieu of the sums provided to them or which they could claim in virtue of contract of marriage between their deceased mother and me, or bond of provision granted by me in favor of them and the other children of sd marriage, dated Nov 26, 1768. The sums provided to the children of the marriage between me and sd Lady Margaret Mackenzie, which sums then, I being one on and ,2 daughters thereof, amount to 12,000 £sterling, which shall be divided as follows, viz, 8000 £sterling to sd James Glassford and 2000 6 sterling each to Isabella and Euphemia Glassford, and in case of the death of Isabella or Euphemia, the sum appointed to the children of the 1st marriage in the case of their being one son and one daughter of the same, to be divided and belong as follows, viz, 2000 £sterling to the survivor of Isabella & Euphemia, and the remainder to sd James Glassford, and 1 recommend to the children of my 3rd marriage. The remainder of the premises go to sd Henry Glassford, and failing him, to the heir of Taillie having right at the time to my lands and estate of Dougallstown and others contained in the sd deed of Taillie.
      Witnessed by Robert Grahame, John Hodge my security. Signed at Glasgow Aug 15, 1783 - John Glassford. Wit - Robert Grahame, John Hodge. executed by Alex' Orme.
      certify that the within disposition & settlement are true copies from the records of the Courts of Council & session in that part of Great Britain called Scotland.
      Personally came and appeared before me, James Dixon, esq, present Chief Magistrate of the City of edinburgh, Alexander Orme, a person of good fame, who made oath that the foregoing extract was subscribed by Alexander Orme on each page, and is a true copy from the records of the Court of Council and Session. I certify that Alexander Orme is principal Clerk to the Court of Council and Session. Signed at edinburgh Apr 6, 1786 - Alexr Orme, Jas Dickson B.
      Robert Grahame of Glasgow in the County of Laneck in Scotland, writer and Notary Public, makes oath that he wrote and witnessed the execution of the original deed of settlement whereof an extract is here annexed, and that on the date of the same, namely Aug 6, 1783, he and John Hodge, now decd, the other witness, was present and saw John Glassford of Dougalstown, Merchant in Glasgow, decd, sign and execute sd original deed of settlement. Signed - Robert Grahame. Wit - John Campbell.
      I, John Campbell, esq, of Clathick, Lord Provost and chief Magistrate of the City of Glasgow, certify that on the date of these presents, personally came before me afd Robert Grahame of Glasgow, who deposed as afd. Signed - John Campbell.
      Charles County Maryland Will Book AH-9, 1785-1788; Page 367.
      John Glassford - Nomination of executors.
      At edinburgh, Sep 5, 1783, in the presence of the Lords of Council and Sessions, compeared Mr. Charles Hay, Advocate as Pror(?) for John Glassford, esq, and gave in the nomination of executors, and asked that the same might be registered, and the request was accepted, and is as follows -
      I, John Glassford of Dougalstown, Merchant in Glasgow, hereby supplement a general disposition and settlement executed today by me, in favor of Henry Glassford, my son, James Gordon, Henry Riddell, John Campbell of Chaithick, William Coats, and Archibald Henderson, Merchants in Glasgow and Thomas Grahame and Archibald Grahame, writers, there as trustees and fiduciaries upon trust as afd, nominate sd Henry Glassford, James Gordon, Henry Riddell, John Campbell, William Coats, Archibald Henderson, Thomas Grahame, and Archibald Grahame, and the major number accepting, and in life, to be my executors at my death.
      Charles County Maryland Will Book AH-9, 1785-1788; Page 369. On Apr 16, 1787, Letters of Administration were granted on the estate of John Glassford to Robert,. Fergusson; his securities were John Robertson & Matthew Blair.

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